Makes Me Wanna Die

I first ran across this song when it was included in the movie The Replacement Killers. Which is a much better movie than it got credit for being. Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino, and directed by Antoine Fuqua, with roles for Jürgen Prochnow, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo. I think it is better than Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which it can be fairly compared to.

This is “Makes Me Wanna Die” by Tricky. (This is the Weekend Mix.) At this remove, I’m not sure if this is quite the mix that shows up in the movie.

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“Kill or be killed.”

Proving once again that self-defense is at least as much about attitude than anything else. How ‘The Walking Dead’ Played A Pivotal Role In The Real-Life Conclusion To Bravo’s ‘Dirty John’.

So this covers how a step-daughter was able to defend herself from an abusive step-father, including taking his knife away from him.

In reality — as the real-life Terra Newell relayed on the L.A. Times Dirty John podcast — Terra attributed her fighting skills to The Walking Dead, specifically.

Not that we shouldn’t encourage people to get training. (I am currently trying to convince friends to get their daughter some self-defense training before she heads off to college.)

Self-defense is a human-right, but at least get some training.

Never Say Hollywood Doesn’t Know How to Make Money Off a Crisis

Hundreds of people are dead. Hundreds more are sick. (The mortality rate is about 50% right now.) And the outbreak is spreading. Hollywood’s response? “Let’s make money!” See Julianna Margulies in first look at scary Ebola miniseries The Hot Zone. If there is a better example of Hollywood feeding off the tragedy of others, it doesn’t jump to mind right now.

By that description alone, you can deduce it won’t be realistic. You won’t see people die by bleeding from every orifice in their body. You won’t see them vomiting blood, losing control of their bowels, or any of the other things that go along with hemorrhagic fever. That wouldn’t be very entertaining.

21st Century Hollywood is known for its low bar on class, morality, decency, etc. But this seems like an extreme way to make money. Or at least it does to me.

UPDATE: If you behind on the status of Ebola… see this link.

Godzilla: The 2014 Edition

I love a good monster movie, but the 1998 version of Godzilla was SO bad, I passed on the 2014 version. It was a mistake. Turns out it’s a pretty good monster movie. And a VERY good Godzilla movie. Aside from the original Japanese Gojira from 1954 – which if you can find a version (NOT the Raymond Burr, American Movie Industry monstrosity) is worth a look – this might be the best Godzilla movie ever. Most of the 1950s/1960s Godzilla franchise were just awful. (Though there was some humor in the series. More on that below.)

The 2014 movie had problems. But most “blockbusters” do.

The sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters, is due out next year. It could be good, and it could be bad. In the meantime, here’s the 2014 Trailer

As for that humor one of my favorite scenes from the original franchise is after the break. And a Godzilla-inspired song.

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Happy Halloween

I was going to feature a version of the “Halloween” theme from the new Halloween movie, but while it works as part of a movie, it doesn’t (quite) stand on its own for a musical interlude.

John Carpenter didn’t direct this film, but he did create the soundtrack, including 2 versions of the famous “Halloween Theme.” This song is “Halloween Triumphant” and though I can’t be 100 percent certain, my guess is that it plays as the closing credits roll. I haven’t seen the new Halloween movie, so I can’t tell you whether it is worth it or not. That probably depends on your view of Horror Movies in general. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie, battling Michael Myers.

So for a more full-fledged song, this is “Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde. (Also known as “The Vampire Song.”) It was part of the 1990 album by the same name, but this is 2010 remastered version.

Some movies, aside from the Halloween series, that are appropriate for the day. Blade (more superhero than vampire movie), John Carpenter’s Vampires (probably the best Vampire Movie ever), The Lost Boys (2nd Best Vampire Movie, and maybe the best Horror/Comedy).

Practical Magic

Practical Magic is still one of my favorite movies. It was released on October 16, 1998. (One of the best roles for Goran Visnjic ever.) Just in time for Halloween.

Here is the trailer, which doesn’t contain any real spoilers. I can recommend the movie. (Here’s a link to the trailer, in case YouTube decides to freak about about privacy extensions in browsers.)